Summer slipping and a cheeky chippie

We just spent another three days at the cabin, returning on Labor Day, and thoroughly enjoyed being in the north woods again.  I love late summer, when the fields are full of purple asters and the bracken still is mostly green.  There are plenty of signs that it’s slipping away, though, as the lush greens of high summer fade to more somber yellows,
and here and there a few sumac leaves have put on their blazing crimson faces.

The animals are very active, scurrying to store as much as they can gather for their stock-piles to see them through the coming cold.  We occasionally put food out for the wee folk—not so much or so frequently that they may come to depend on our offerings, since we’re only visitors there.  I usually give peanuts to the squirrels, tying them to a certain pine that we can see from the cabin with long strings, and provide the occasional handful of sun-flower seeds to the chipmunks.  This time, however, I put peanuts out for the chippies, just for fun, and watched as one stowed them, one or two at a time, in his cheek pouches to carry them to his den.  I am constantly amazed at the volume of food they can pack away when the opportunity arises.  He seemed to be having fun, too, trying to fit it all in.


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12 Responses to Summer slipping and a cheeky chippie

  1. wolke205 says:

    *Quietsch* Ist das goldig, wie der kleine Kerl sich die Backen vollstopft :)

  2. Victoria says:

    Wow – amazing shots of those chipmunks and their full cheek pouches. Wouldn’t have believed that their cheeks could extend that far.
    Great shots.

  3. ~mimo~ says:

    Beautiful shots and a nostalgic feel to this post! Lovely

  4. seekraz says:

    Three weeks at the cabin? Oh…how wonderful. :)

    Beautiful photos…love the one with the lake…what a view.

  5. Finn Holding says:

    Your chipmunk really can pack it in, it reminds of one of my kids with a chocolate bar!

    What are the blue flowers behind the dog? It’s a lovely contemplative scene with everyone gazing at the lake.

  6. krikitarts says:

    Those are the purple asters, and I’ll highlight them soon in a new post. Thanks for the nudge, Finn.

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